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Climate Conference 2011

At Global Climate Talks, The U.S. and China Are Divided As Ever

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

The somewhat deflating reality surrounding the global climate talks in Durban, South Africa -- now hurtling toward another arguably empty conclusion -- is that success or failure is heavily contingent on the whims of just two countries: China and the United States. The two nations, after all, produce far more climate-warming gases than their nearest competitors, and their mutual, steely-eyed refusal to budge from their bedrock negotiating positions tends to render even the most conciliatory gestures among lesser polluters both quaint and meaningless.

U.S. Charged With Stonewalling Climate Negotiations

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 01.30.2012 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

In a sharply-worded letter sent to Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Tuesday, a coalition of environmental and climate-action groups identify the United States as a bad-faith negotiator and an unprincipled impediment to global climate talks now underway in Durban, South Africa. Just three years after President Obama's rising call to action, the authors of the letter say, "America risks being viewed not as a global leader on climate change, but as a major obstacle to progress."